Thursday, December 13, 2007

The First American Coup

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945)

The First American Coup

In 1933, there was a military coup plot to overthrow Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945).

FDR was the thirty-second President of the United States and the only U.S. President who served more than two terms, for he was elected to four terms in office,from 1933 to 1945.

The military coup was planned by power brokers of the richest corporations on Wall Street, amongst which were Goodyear, Bethlehem Steel, JP Morgan, and DuPont. One of the richest bankers and brokers on Wall Street, Robert Clark, was willing to contribute half of his $60 million fortune to finance the coup. His deputy, former Commander Gerald Macguire of the American Legion, said:
"We need a fascist government in this country to save the nation from the Communists who want to tear it down and wreck everything we have built in America."
The 1933 coup would have succeeded, had it not been for the bravery of General Smedley Butler, the lionized World War I hero whom plotters wanted to lead the coup, but he instead blew their cover.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is not only one of my favourite American Presidents, we share the same birthday, January 30.

Reference: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., "Hillary Haters and The Roosevelts, The Huffington Post, December 12, 2007.

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